Over 100 Russian peacekeepers to depart for Sudan

10:21, June 24, 2010      

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Russia will airlift about 120 personnel to Sudan as part of an international peacekeeping operation there, RIA Novosti news agency reported on Wednesday.

Russian Defense Ministry's spokesman Vladimir Drik said an Il- 76 transport plane would take off on Wednesday to deliver around 100 personnel and equipment to Sudan. It will be followed by another aircraft that will transport four Mi-8 MTB helicopters and 10 servicemen.

Russian peacekeepers have been in Sudan since April 2006, providing transport services for the United Nation military observers, escorting freight shipments and carrying out rescue and other operations. They are rotated every six months.

The UN Mission in Sudan was established in 2005 to monitor the peace agreement between the government in Khartoum and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement in southern Sudan, which ended the longest-running civil war in Africa.

Source: Xinhua


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